Komodo Dragon for Sale on the Black Market

in Environmental Threats

According to wildlife officials in the United States, komodo dragons are being sold on the black market by wildlife traffickers.

In a report by CBS News, when smugglers offer a komodo dragon for sale  the price to buy the animal is reported to be $30,000.  Buyers can also purchase a Madagascar tortoises for $30,000 as well.

US Fish and Wildlife Inspectors state that 9 out of 10 exotic animals that are taken to be sold and trafficked die during transit.

(Additional prices of exotic wildlife animals.)

Source: David Hanckock, “Contraband Creatures,” CBS Evening News, January 24, 2002.

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